VetCE on Demand: Feline Nutrition - Special Features for Special Creatures. utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.
The adage that cats are not small dogs is especially true when it comes to nutrition. As obligate carnivores, cats have different nutritional requirements than the omnivorous canine. Their anatomy, physiology, and behavior have all evolved around eating small prey. But what does this mean to us as clinicians? How, how often, how much to feed as well as what to feed is important for feline welfare. This course will include how, by using a nutritional assessment in every consultation, existing feeding practices can be assessed and, if needed, a tailored nutrition plan can be developed for a given individual.
At the end of the course participants should be able to:
- outline the importance of how much and how often to feed cats
- discuss utilizing a nutritional assessment including body and muscle condition scoring
- explain how to detect pending obesity or sarcopenia early
- explain how to determine calorie and protein requirements